National Grail News, 11/18/2011

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    The Grail

    In this Issue:
    1. Gumbo Deadline
    2. Membership Development and Enrichment Team
    3. Fran and Ruth’s House
    4. The International Grail – A Presentation
    5. Letter to the Editor of Cornwall Local
    6. End Malaria Contribution
    7. Member List Changes
    8. Gumbo
    9. Grail on the Internet
    10. National Calendar
    Attachment: Membership Development and Enrichment Team Job Description
    Gumbo Deadline – Next Friday! Gumbo deadline is always the last Friday of the month and it’s almost here again! If you have submissions for the December issue, send them to by November 25th – the day after Thanksgiving.
    Membership Development and Enrichment Team Noreen Willhelm
    Attached to last week’s National Grail News was the report from the Grail Council’s September 2011 meeting. If you managed to get through it (after reading Gumbo, recovering from the GA and trying to resume your life!), then you may have read the job description for the new Membership Development and Enrichment Team, a new initiative to identify and offer programs and work to improve the experience of the Grail for all members. The job description is also attached to this issue of the News, but this is the heart of the idea:
    The Membership Development and Enrichment Team is a team charged with addressing the overarching issues of member recruitment, participation, programming and enrichment…this creative and focused work is intended to re-imagine the Grail’s approach to membership to stimulate growth in numbers and to develop opportunities and experiences for new and existing members to grow in their understanding of the Grail’s mission in the context of community. This team would articulate a comprehensive membership development and enrichment strategy with long and short term implementation goals. The team would serve as an incubator of new and innovative approaches toward gathering women who are looking for the Grail that would take into account: the ebb and flow of women’s availability for Grail involvement; the importance of Grail circles in building community; the call to transformation rather than formation as an approach to inviting women in to Grail membership.
    Doesn’t that sound like fun? Sharing with others your passion for the Grail? Collaborating with teams and groups like Exploring Membership, Call to Leadership, the Cornwall Think Tank and the Nucleus? If you are interested in being part of this team, send a note to the national office,, telling us about your passion the ways that you want to help enrich the experience of Grail members, old and new.
    Fran and Ruth’s House: Those who attended the recent GA may already be aware of this, but Fran Martin and Ruth Gallant are selling their house, adjacent to Grailville. It is a very well-kept double house, built in late 1978, with three bedrooms on one side and two on the other. It sits on about a half-acre behind Tidings, next door to Children’s Meeting House Montessori School. Their first preference is to sell it to a Grail member and if you are interested, call Fran at (513) 683-6459.
    The International Grail, A Presentation by Becky Hill Emily Snyder
    Curious what the Grail is busy doing in other countries? Shortly after Becky Hill came home from the IGA in Kleinmond, South Africa she created a PowerPoint presentation giving a brief overview of the 17 countries the Grail is located in and the work Grail women in those countries are involved in. For those of you who weren’t able to catch her presentation at the GA you can watch it on our website,
    Cornwall Local Letter to the Editor Sharon Thomson
    The following letter has been submitted by the staff of the Cornwall Grail Center to run in the Cornwall Local newspaper:
    To the Editor, Once again the women of the Cornwall Grail Center have been reminded of what a wonderful community we are surrounded by. As a result of the October snow storm we had a number of heavy limbs come down on the labyrinth and one day last week (when we went down to clear them) we discovered that someone(s) anonymously and graciously had already removed them and the labyrinth was clear. This kindness is one more example of the generosity that our Cornwall neighbors have shown us over the years. We are writing to let our Cornwall community know how very grateful we are. Thank you so much for your continued support! As a reminder to all, the labyrinth is open to the community as are the trails at the Grail. If you would like more information about labyrinths, their history and use, you can go to: Again, Thank You.
    End Malaria Contribution – Thank You! Cari Brehse
    At this year’s General Assembly, a basket was placed in the Dining Room to collect donations in memory of Veronica das Dores Nhamafuli, the Mozambican Grail sister who recently lost her life to malaria. The National office is pleased to report that $315 was collected and will be sent off to the End Malaria organization for the purchase of mosquito nets. According to, every $6 donated can provide a long-lasting bed net that will protect the life of two or more children from malaria. This gift will purchase more than 50 nets, protecting more than 100 children.
    Member List Changes:
    § Brigitte Stark-Merklein, new email address is
    § Doris Falgner, new address: 175 Cape May Drive, #144A, Wilmington, OH 45177, new phone number is 937-283-2669
    § Rosaline Kew, new address: 834-C, Lorong Zamrud 5/2, Taman Kerjasama 1, Bukit
    Beruang 75450, Melaka, West Malaysia
    November Gumbo
    Articles: First Takes on the GA; Thoughts on Communication; One of the 99% and 900; 2012 Retreat in Sobrado; ILT Greeting: 90 years; Community Resilience; Readers’ Corner; Grail Birthdays; Member Giving
    Past Gumbos (with complete index) are available in the member area of the Grail website; click “Gumbo” in the Quick Links Box on the member area menu page. See below for log-in

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